Even before the recent devastating earthquake, Nepal was a country facing a number of challenges. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been active there for a number of years seeking to "reinforce recent gains in peace and security, stabilize the transitional government, strengthen the delivery of essential social services, expand proven health interventions, and address the global challenges of food insecurity and climate change." To read more about the country both before and since the disaster, see this page from USAID:
To read about the
additional aid now being offered by USAID, and to see how you can help
too, see this page: http://www.usaid.gov/nepal-earthquake.